The new gladiators: Valve’s quest to turn e-sports into epic spectacle
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The question “what is Dota 2” will be asked more times this month than at any other point in the games past or future. Valve is presently hosting the marquee Dota 2 tournament of the year, The International 4 (TI4), and its incredible $10.5 million prize pool has garnered attention from corners of the world that wouldnt traditionally care about professional gaming. Whatever else happens at the event, its significance as a flagbearer and emissary for e-sports to a mainstream audience is already assured. But Valve wont be satisfied if you just learn about this games existence. It wants to recruit you into its sphere of addictively intricate gameplay.